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No Tax Hike Next Year in Mayor's Plan

Johnston's budget would surpass $90 million, but would not require an increase in the tax rate for homeowners, Mayor Joseph Polisena announced.

Property owners in Johnston would not face a tax increase in fiscal 2013, according to the budget proposed by Mayor Joseph Polisena and .

Polisena filed the budget ordinance — a basic overview of revenues and spending — with the town clerk's office on Tuesday.

According to the document, the overall budget for the town would surpass $90 million, about a $1.16 million increase from this year's level, but would not require a hike in the $24.75-per-$1,000 residential property tax rate.

Polisena's budget maintains the same town payment for the school department — $37.13 million, making 2013 the fifth year of level-funding — and includes an increase of $558,000 in state aid, as approved by the General Assembly this week.

The proposed spending plan also assumes increases in medical reimbursement payments ($95,000), rescue services payments ($50,000), and miscellaneous revenues ($355,000) to offset the higher estimated costs.

For the school budget, the new state aid number of $10,639,989 is about $25,000 higher than the one that school committee members built into their budget proposal this spring.

A new schedule included in the state budget for the payments to school districts — which moves September payments to August and April payments to March — is intended to help local departments by providing them the funding earlier.

Here's an overview of the proposed 2012 spending plan and a comparison with the current year's budget:

Department FY2012 FY2013 Change Town Council 64,607 85,369 20,762
Mayor's Office 196,432 198,453 2,021
Sr. Center 221,411 221,411 0 Town Clerk 305,198 270,477

-34,721

Probate Court 27,796 29,758 1,962
Finance 1,010,679 947,884 -62,795
Tax Assessor 246,304 664,584 418,280
Bd. Of Assessment 2,745 2,745 0 Planning Board 142,801 180,929 38,128
Zoning Board 15,373 15,173 -200
Public Assistance 3,634 3.634 0
Human Resources 54,677 63,012 8,335
Law Department 558,714 480,438 - 78,276
Bd. Of Canvassers 178,153 170,484 -7,669
Library 621,737 648,236 26,499
Police Department 10,915,405 11,202,418 287,013
Fire Department 13,182,871 13,664,666 481,795
Public Works - Admin. 1,928,074 1,873,580 -54,494
Public Works - Roads 1,936,002 1,817,750 -118,252
Public Works - Fleet 383,336 386,524 3,188 Emergency Mgt. 5,383 5,383 0
Inspector's Office 287,162 274,167 -12,995
Bldg. Maintenance 379,326 259,429 -119,897
Engineering & Sewers 176,000 153,304 -22696
Wastewater Mgt. 18,309 18,309 0 Land Trust 7,751 7,751 0 Municipal Court 291,054 279,475 -11,579
Parks & Recreation 1,096,886 1,136,114 39,228
Debt Service 4,741,841 5,010,193 268,352
Gen. Administration 2,554,859 2,087,617 -467,242
School Department 37,129,015 37,129,015 0

Note: School department amount represents the town contribution and does not include state aid.

Robert "Bobby" Giarusso June 15, 2012 at 03:40 AM
The town and school department should share resources and services to improve efficiency. Departments including grounds and maintenance, technology, human resources, business office could all be a join effort between town and school.

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